C-SPAN’s “Campaign 2008 Bus,” a 45-foot long traveling television production studio that is used for political coverage and educational purposes, will be making stops in St. Louis Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 as Washington University in St. Louis hosts the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate between Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and Democrat Sen. Joe Biden.
Bus Facts At-A-Glance
• Since its launch in January 2007, the bus has visited 43 state capitols and 239 cities overall.
• Over 81,400 bus visitors since launch in January 2007.
• 374 elected officials, including mayors, city council members, state legislators and governors have toured the Campaign 2008 Bus
• Over 4,780 teachers have boarded the bus to learn about C-SPAN Classroom
• Over 40,400 students have visited the bus to learn about C-SPAN and the 2008 Presidential campaign
• The bus has been featured at 77 political events and 8 state socials studies conferences.
• The bus has been featured at 134 colleges and universities and 164 high and 31 middle schools
• The bus is 8.5 feet wide, 13 feet tall, and 44,000 pounds
• 3 TV cameras – 2 robotically controlled and 1 handheld unit for off-bus interviews and video shoots